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Common Questions About Divorce & Family Law

When you are seeking a Charleston divorce attorney, it is important to get to know whomever you choose in order to determine if they are right for you. At Shaw Law Firm, LLC, we have guided individuals seeking divorce, child custody, adoption, and more. We understand the laws pertaining to families and we are compassionate in our representation, yet aggressive when we need to be.

We receive plenty of questions regarding divorce at our firm, and we have provided some answers to our most frequently asked questions. At Shaw Law Firm, LLC, we have more than 10 years of combined experienced in all matters of divorce and work to provide our clients with the representation they need during one of the most difficult times of their lives. We understand the emotional toll a family law matter can have, and we do all we can to alleviate the stress.

If your question is not answered below, give our firm a call and we can discuss your case further in a consultation.

  • What factors go into alimony?
    The court considers many factors when determining alimony, including the income of the spouses, the length of marriage, fault grounds for divorce, and ages and health of the parties. Each case is different, and it is the aim of Shaw Law Firm, LLC to see to it that you are given an agreement that is fair and in line with your best interests.
  • What does the court consider when determining custody?

    Custody battles are perhaps the most complex because there is so much as stake. The courts consider anything that might be relevant to the children’s needs including who the primary caregiver has been throughout the marriage, any special needs the child may have and the fitness of each of the parents. Ultimately, the court will rule in favor of what they believe to be the in the best interests of the child.

    The court may consider a child’s preference in parent in making a custody determination but ultimately the decision lies with the court. The older and more mature the child, the more likely that their wishes will carry weight with the court.

  • Are the court orders set in stone or can they adjust to changing living situations?
    Orders relating to property division are final and not modifiable. However, child custody and support can always be modified as circumstances affecting the welfare of the children change. Alimony is usually modifiable as well, however the terms of the original divorce decree may limit modifications to alimony. Each case is different and requires a careful reading of the original order and an understanding of current law.
  • I'm in the military and am filing for divorce. Can you help me?
    Yes! We have experience helping our service members through divorce. Many typical family issues are more complex if you are serving in the military. We can assist you when dealing with separation of military retirement pay, spousal support, child support, child visitation, custody, and more. If you or your spouse has served in the armed forces, don't hesitate to contact us to schedule an initial consultation.
  • My spouse and I are considering separation. Do we need a lawyer?
    Yes! A knowledgeable divorce attorney can help you understand your rights and obligations which will be incredibly important for your family.
  • What services do you provide?
    We help clients across Charleston County, Berkeley County, Dorchester County, the Charleston area, Charleston Naval Base, Mount Pleasant, Summerville, Moncks Corner, Goose Creek, and surrounding communities with a variety of family law and divorce matters.
  • Who are the attorneys at Shaw Law Firm, LLC?

    Heather S. Shaw is our Founder and Managing Attorney and Stephanie D. Alexander is our Associate Attorney.

    Attorney Shaw graduated from The Thomas M. Cooley School of Law and is part of the following:

    • South Carolina Bar
    • Charleston County Bar
    • American Bar Association.

    Attorney Alexander graduated from the Charleston School of Law with honors and is currently practicing in the state of South Carolina.

Why Hire Shaw Law Firm?


    The strategic and unwavering representation we provide is hard to find elsewhere.


    We help our clients set realistic goals and stand by their side every step of the way.


    We offer the advocacy our clients need to protect themselves and their family.


    We offer clients an informative consultation to share the details of their situation.

Our Client Endorsements

  • “Ms. Shaw gave me some excellent advice on different aspects of my case!”

    Divorce Client

  • “I trusted her from the very first consultation.”


  • “Heather Shaw is such a compassionate and strong attorney!”

    Family Law Client

  • “Heather walked us through the entire process, kept us informed while maintaining our comfort level.”


  • “I would highly recommend Heather Shaw if you are seeking legal direction.”